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  • November 5, 2013

    I Am Not an A-Hole!

    By Dave Hurteau

    A guy I knew in college used to say, “Everyone you don’t know is an a-hole.” The idea was pretty novel to me then, but as I wade deeper into the manure pit of life, I’m learning that this is pretty much the guiding principle for some people and, I’m sorry to say, some hunters.

    I bring this up because when I got to my stand tree this morning, there was no stand. Gone, stolen over the weekend. This is the second stand I’ve had swiped this year, along with a trail camera. I know the landowner didn’t take it. And so, as I stood there, staring at the bare tree trunk, mumbling, “Who does that? What kind of rotten person does that?” The only answer left was, and is…my fellow hunters.

  • May 20, 2013

    Cabela’s Caption Contest Winner Announced!

    By Scott Bestul

    We always get a great response—and killer entries—whenever we post a caption contest, and this round was no exception. The chance at a great (and free) shotgun sight from Cabela’s clearly brought out the best in you. So without further yammering, here are 10 captions that came oh-so-close, followed by the winner.

    Here are the 10 finalists, in random order:

  • May 17, 2013

    New Turkey Calls: Flextone Thunder Cutt'n Hen and Thunder Cluck'n Purr

    By Dave Hurteau

    On a recent turkey hunt at Dos Plumas Hunting Ranch in northwestern Nebraska, Tim Kent of Theory 13 Creative introduced F&S contributor Jace Bauserman and me to Flextone’s newest Thunder Series turkey calls. On the first evening, someone—I’m not saying who—took one out of the packaging, started calling, and sounded exactly like this poor, terrified cat.

    “Oh well,” I figured, “just another bad-sounding, gimmicky turkey call.” Turns out, it was just the caller, not the call, and he recovered right quickly, because like the Thunder Gobble, introduced last spring, the new Thunder hen calls are extremely easy to learn how to blow, and once you get the hang of them, they sound pretty darn good—certainly good enough to fool a gobbler.

  • May 6, 2013

    Caption Contest: Win a Cabela's Tactical Prism or Reflex Sight

    By Scott Bestul

    In many states, there’s a whole lotta turkey hunting left this spring. This means you’ll have plenty of time to kill a gobbler with a great new sight from Cabela’s. Write the best caption for the photo below, and you’ll have your choice of the Cabela’s Tactical Prism Sight (left), or the equally-cool Tactical Reflex Sight (right). Either one would do a bang-up job on a gobbler.

  • December 7, 2012

    Shoot Me Down: Hug a Hipster (and a Soccer Mom)

    By Dave Hurteau

    The online magazine Slate recently posted the rare positive article about hunting, for which I commend them. Its bottom line is that the “expansion of hunting into liberal, urban circles is the latest development in an evolving and increasingly snug coexistence between humans and beasts in North America” as the “bearded, bicycle-riding, locavore set” concludes that it is “more responsible and ecologically sound to eat an animal that was raised wild and natural in [the] local habitat….”

  • July 5, 2012

    Cabela's Boot Caption Contest Winner Announced!

    By Scott Bestul

    Man, put a pair of awesome boots—Cabela’s Air Revolution by Meindl— on the line, and folks get creative in a hurry! Hurteau and I pored over 300-plus caption entries and did our normal arm-wrestling over which we thought were best. As usual, we narrowed it down to 11 that were all stellar. Here are the 10 runners-up, in no particular order:

  • May 21, 2012

    Call Better: Try These Two Turkey Yelps

    By Dave Hurteau

    Yes this is Whitetail365, and I know that the spring turkey season is either over or nearly so depending on where you hunt. But most of you whitetail nuts are also turkey hunters, and it’s never too late to become a better caller. So here’s a quick video (in truth it goes on a bit too long, sorry) describing two ways to yelp on a mouth call, as shown to me by a couple of damn good callers.

  • April 27, 2012

    Red-Hot Turkey Hunting This Spring

    By Scott Bestul

    I’ve been hunting turkeys for about 30 years now, and have experienced just about every type of spring imaginable. This year (actually, our season is about 10 days old now) has some of the best hunting I’ve seen in a while, and I attribute it to strong numbers of two-year-old gobblers. Just as a healthy batch of whitetail bucks makes for an intense rut, competition between toms makes for ramped-up turkey breeding. And hunters are the main beneficiaries any time males duke it out to get to a female.

  • April 19, 2012

    On Hunting With a Guide

    By Dave Hurteau

    I recently got back from a Louisiana turkey hunt with Synergy Outdoors, the umbrella company of Evolved Harvest, Barnett Crossbows, Flextone Game Calls, Wildgame Innovations, and Wildgame Nation TV. It was a very good hunt as these things go, partly because of the generosity of the hosts and the cooperation of the birds, but mostly because the company reps showed me some honest-to-goodness innovative and useful new products that I can pass along to you without feeling like I’m shilling as payback—which they know I won’t do.

    Anyway, we’ll save that for another blog.

    For now, I’d rather talk about hunting with a guide, which is commonplace on industry hunts. There’s no question that I would much rather kill a critter on my own--especially a turkey; if I don’t call the bird in myself, I don’t feel like I earned it. That’s why if anyone asks me if I killed a bird in Louisiana, I say no, but my guide, "Mike Miller the Turkey Killer," shown here with his camouflage bible and the bird in question, certainly did, even though I fired the shot.

  • December 19, 2011

    On Why I Like Vegetarians (for the Most Part)

    By Dave Hurteau

    by Dave Hurteau

    I’ve known a lot of vegetarians. I was engaged to one once (technically “pre-engaged,” whatever the hell that means). And you know, I don’t think I’ve ever met one I didn’t like. I’ve met some I thought were full of $#!%, but none I didn’t like. I like some hunters who are also full of $#!%.

    It’s fun to bust on vegetarians, and they usually take it well. Especially fun are the easy marks, the ones who say, “I’m a vegetarian but I eat fish.” We had a vegetarian friend over to dinner recently who said, “I’m a vegetarian but I eat fish and chicken,” which made me think of a line from The Princess Bride: “I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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